Friday, Sept. 18
Week 9 Results
- Wednesday, Sept. 16: Green 18 – Purple 1
- Thursday, Sept. 17: Navy 13 – Red 0 (Game 1); Red 3 – Navy 2 (Game 2)
Three New Games Added to Schedule
Note that the league’s 2020 season has been extended an additional three weeks — each team will now play the others four times instead of three — and the year will now end in early October instead of this week, as initially envisioned.
The new games are as follows:
- Thursday, Sept. 24: Navy @ Green
- Friday, Sept. 25: Red @ Purple
- Wednesday, Sept. 30: Green @ Red
- Thursday, Oct. 1: Purple @ Navy
- Thursday, Oct. 8: Purple @ Green
- Friday, Oct. 9: Red @ Navy
Milestone for Moe Twomey of Purple (Blue)
In a Cal Ripken-like iron man streak, Sept. 9 marked the 100th consecutive game played by Moe Twomey dating back to the 2013 season — believed by league historians to be an all-time record.
Moe has been a longtime member of the Blue team and is, of course, now part of the combined Purple team for the 2020 season. Congrats, Moe!!!!
Regarding COVID-19, as a league we, of course, have been supporting and strictly adhering to all town, state, and federal guidelines and decisions regarding necessary safety and health considerations — including providing hand sanitizer, alcohol wipes, practicing social distancing, wearing masks in the bench and other areas as mandated, etc. Additionally, each team has their own dedicated catcher’s mask.
Note: Per the state’s mandate, NO SPECTATORS ARE ALLOWED at adult sports leagues.
Clearly, this has not been — and will not continue to be — a typical year. Let’s all stay safe, be smart, enjoy being back on the field with friends again, be grateful for what we have, and have some fun — now even more so than ever.
John D. DeLuca, Jr. was the founding commissioner and driving force behind the Lynnfield Men’s Over-40 Softball League for many years of its early existence, as well as being a beloved member of the Green Team. It was his vision to establish a social-based sports endeavor, whereby a bunch of middle-aged guys could have the opportunity to get together outdoors one night a week during the nice weather, whack a ball around for a bit, have some fun, pretend they were athletes again, expand their friendships and network of contacts, and – as Billy Joel sang in “Piano Man” – forget about life for a while.
John’s outgoing personality, perpetual grin, infectious laugh, and sense of humor — combined with his warm and spirited greeting of “Hey, buddy!” to all — made him a natural leader and a friend to virtually everyone he encountered in all corners of his life. This was never more evident than the outpouring of support he received after being diagnosed with leukemia, and the hundreds of people who participated in the subsequent bone marrow drive that was conducted in an attempt to save his life.
John fought a very valiant battle, but ultimately succumbed to this disease on June 21, 2008, at the much too young age of 53.
What he started and tirelessly nurtured for all those years has been bequeathed to all of us to sturdily build on and take forward.
To you from failing hands we throw the torch; be yours to hold it high.